Five students in an upstate New York school district have been awarded $4.5 million after enduring years of humiliation, bullying and antisemitism – including being the butt of jokes about the Holocaust and finding swastikas on their lockers.
Israel is very sensitive to the so-called BDS movement. Which urges boycotting, divestiture and sanctions of Israel. Over its policies toward the Palestinians. Much of the BDS effort is taking place on campus. So it comes as a surprise that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu targets one such effort by students in the UK for special condemnation.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says they’re close. Very close. To reaching an agreement. Six Western nations with Iran. Over Iran’s nuclear program. But there is skepticism, fear and distrust by the Israelis. So much so that there’s a massive effort to win some Democratic votes over to the Republican side. To insure that any measure blocking an agreement in Congress is veto-proof.
Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian-Council says, thus far, there aren’t enough votes to override a presidential veto. But that could change during the prescribed review process.
“Who knows what will happen over the next 30 or 60 days,” he says.
Peter Weber, a senior editor at TheWeek.com, argues:
There are lots of reasons for the improved ties between Russia and Israel, but key among them is the fact that Israel has become increasingly Russian in the past 20 years. Putin is deeply concerned with the wellbeing of Russian nationals wherever they reside, up to and including invading other countries to protect their interests, and 15 percent of Israelis are emigrants from the former Soviet Union.
At a time when Donald Trump is losing friends and allies and business partners by the droves, he’s making a point of telling the world how much he loves and supports Israel – contrasting himself with President Obama, whom he called “one of the worst things that’s happened” to the Jewish State.
In a commentary, Robert I. Lappin, philanthropist, businessman and president of the Lappin Foundation argues:
Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college campuses is right on, and his recommendation to form an army of college students, dubbed “Campus Maccabees,” is essential. However, the only way to rapidly recruit and train an army of Campus Maccabees is for Birthright Israel to lower its age of eligibility to 16, thereby attracting teens, en masse, to go to Israel.
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said that in view of threats from Iran and Sunni jihadists, “Israel happens to be a centerpiece of Western civilization.”
Aznar, a center-right politician for the People’s Party who presided as prime minister for eight years until 2004, made the assertion in a foreword he wrote for a newly released book by the Jerusalem-based researcher Manfred Gerstenfeld on the delegitimization of Israel and the Jews. Click here to read the story.